Ghandi said it like so many…

Ghandi

Mahatma Ghandi was a political and spiritual leader in India in the early 1900s. He helped lead India to independence, and was later known as the “father of the nation”. His influence affected most of the world at the time! He practiced Hinduism all of his life, but believed all religions to be equal. He had many different friends throughout the world, many of which were evangelical Christians. These Christians would try to convert him, but he never would because of one reason.

Are you ready for this? This is what he said about Jesus Christ and Christians :

“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

This hit me hard when I saw that. I feel like that is what so much of the world is screaming about Christianity. I think that one of the biggest things that hold people back from coming to Christ are the very people that call themselves “Christians”. We live in a self-centered country where we put our preferences above what God called us to do!

Pastor Buddy hit this point hard this past weekend! He shared some statistics about the churches in America that I knew about, but for some reason had never hit me as hard as it did this week!

This is what the statistics say:

- 80% of the churches in America are dwindling!

- 80% of the churches that start up will fail.

- 6 churches close EVERYDAY

So many Christians go to church for themselves, not caring if anyone else knows the Jesus that they know. As a result, Christians don’t really care how people in their communities perceive them. I know I used to be a part of that.

When I put my preferences for church above what God wants for church, God gets shorted! The church is not my bride, it’s God’s bride, so for me to say how church should be or should not be is wrong. I’m still trying to process all of that…

I am so glad that I am a part of a church that leverages culture like Jesus did to reach people. I want to truly put God’s way above my way in everything that I do. I don’t want to be selfish with my faith anymore. I don’t want to just be a consumer Christian!

If you are a Christian, would people see Christ or someone like what Ghandi saw? Who is in your circle of influence right now that does not even know that you are a Christian? Easter is coming up! Who can you invite this weekend?

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